By being largely disconnected from marketing and distribution roles, the Abbey may be seen as lending a positive image to the origins of the wine without besmirching its reputation through too visible a role in the commercial side of the venture. Dart Abbey Enterprises sell the wine to J. Buckfast Ltd p.
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Chandler p. Chandler to speak for them. While the Abbey Trust specifies in its annual report that it strives to be an ethical investor p. Following her dealings with the monks, Liddell, in correspondence with the author, nevertheless described distributor J. Chandler as the main obstacle to progress. Politicians who have been threatened with legal action for targeting Buckfast by name have rejected this as a form of intimidation.
Richard Baker MSP similarly spoke of his refusal to be silenced when faced with a threat of legal action from solicitors representing J. Chandler in qtd in Aitken, Politicians are also paradoxically criticized by J. Chandler for not speaking out. When Helen Liddell, responsible for one of the earliest campaigns in , came to the forefront again in , J. Chandler sought to ridicule her renewed criticism by questioning her supposed silence during the intervening period Jim Wilson qtd in Macdonald, The product is not promoted or advertised.
Chandler implies that this silence in terms of marketing communications is an active response to the criticism whose validity it nonetheless disputes :. We are a responsible company. Jim Wilson qtd in Macdonald, Rather than helping to minimize the abuse of Buckfast, it has been argued that this absence helps to position the drink as a product on the fringes of the alcohol market. When young, male Scottish street drinkers were surveyed about the alcoholic drinks available, this research showed that they perceived advertised brands as having a more feminine, emasculated image which discouraged their consumption of these products p.
Indeed, it can be argued that viral marketing of this sort allows the product to be promoted in ways that are quite simply impossible in a formal campaign.
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Whereas a strict industry code of conduct exists for the online promotion of alcoholic drinks, banning practices such as the promotion of excessive drinking or the targeting of youngsters Committee of Advertising Practice, , pp. User-generated Buckfast web content featuring fictional characters and personalities such as Ronald McDonald, SpongeBob, Homer Simpson or Andy Murray manifestly appeal to younger drinkers.
For J. Chandler this appears all the more necessary, as their silence in terms of traditional advertising means that such unconventional images and discourses today dominate the online and wider social positioning of Buckfast. This process has gained new intensity with the proliferation of user-generated content on the internet which now fills the void. Buckfast Ltd refuses to recognize any inherent problems with its Tonic Wine while simultaneously presenting the absence of advertising as proof of its commercial virtue. It was suggested in the journal Marketing that in order to change this image it would be necessary for J.
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Date of stay: August See all reviews. Nearby Hotels. Motel 6 Temecula - Historic Old Town. View Hotel. Free Wifi. Hi Rebecca: Thanks for commenting. I understand why distributors do it, but I think it actually causes more harm than good. I think the distributors should tell people scores only when they are asked for that info.
I would only like to point out that this behavior isn't solely from the distributors.. Wineries pull it all the time, especially at large tastings. The sad reliance on numerical scores continues..
With that said, I feel like everyday consumers still do put a lot of stock in wine scores, rightly or wrongly.. And while a rep from a winery or distributorship may quote a score, I don't think there are nefarious motives or malicious intent Enjoyable post, Richard.
We are at best a medium-sized fish compared to the giants out there. We do what we can to avoid relying on scores, as anyone trying to sell solid, authentic wine should do. Many distributors rely on scores because they can't rely on anything else - they are either selling products that are score driven or have salespeople that know next to nothing about wine as they are often receive incentives to sell commodity wines.
Same is true with many retail accounts - the big box retailers treat their wines as nothing more than a commodity and if they stick a rating from a reputable critic on the case stack, the wine sells itself.
It's my least favorite part of the business, but for many wine consumers - it's the only way they know how to purchase wine. John: Thanks for your comments. I understand placing a score on a shelf talker, and how it can appeal to some consumers. My primary gripe here is though more limited, just to wine tastings. I think wine scores are far less justified under that circumstance, because the consumer is actually tasting the wine, and thus will know if they like it or not.
Post a Comment. It is a subtle means of mind control , and the blame must go to certain wine distributor representatives. These were small tastings, with only about wines, that were held in local wine stores. For consumers, these are great opportunities to taste and learn about wine, to get a better idea of their own palate.